The Economist Building

A meeting in the Economist building this morning gave me an opportunity to try and analyse its place in the pantheon of early 1960s cool, Miesian modernism (I don’t see it as brutalist) and in the Smithson’s career.   I remember visiting it in the early 1970s, Nairn in hand, and have never quite seen the point of it, the type of high spec modernism which is routine in New York, but was much more striking in impoverished, anti-modernist Britain, particularly in conservative St. James’s:-





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